“Little Moses”

Alternate titles: “By the Side of a River”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1905 (Belden)
Keywords: Bible religious Jew royalty abandonment river rescue hiding Jew
Found in: US(Ap,So)


The story of Moses in brief: Set adrift in a small boat in Egypt, he is found and raised by the daughter of Pharaoh. When grown, he leads his people across the Red Sea to safety while Pharaoh's host is destroyed


The story of Moses being abandoned by his parents (who had to hide him to prevent him from being killed) is told in Exodus 2:1-10; the crossing of the Red Sea is covered in Exodus chapter 14. - RBW

Cross references



  1. Belden, p. 449, "Moses in the Bulrushes" (1 text)
  2. Randolph 662, "Little Moses" (1 text)
  3. Asch/Dunson/Raim, p. 74, "Little Moses" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Cohen/Seeger/Wood, pp. 128-129, "Little Moses" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Silber-FSWB, p. 361, "Little Moses" (1 text)
  7. Roud #3546
  8. BI, R662